Dakota Datebook

Two Adoptions

Saturday, November 12, 2011


On this date in 1929, it was announced John K. Kennelly, head of the ND American Legion, was adopted by members of the Standing Rock Reservation. Kennelly received the name Tasunkeduta, or Red Horse, and was given his namesake’s bonnet and beaded cloak during ceremonies in Cannon Ball.

Meanwhile, Christopher J. Martineson, Bismarck chief of police, was adopted by Yankon Sioux at Ft. Yates. His adopted name was Wambli Watakpe, or Charging Eagle. Martineson was the seventh white person adopted by the tribe. Others were President Calvin Coolidge; Marshal Ferdinand Fooh of France; Queen Marie of Roumania; Major General C. P. Summerall, U.S. Army Chief of Staff; H. A. McNutt, national commander of the American Legion, and Brigadier General Charles Hyatt, of the Pennsylvania Military Academy.

Source: The Bismarck Tribune. 12 Nov 1929.

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